About the Event


The Stoops Center for Communities, Families, and Children is pleased to extend an invitation to you for our innovative event, the Catalyzing Change: Strengthening Community Capacity for Opioid Response virtual symposium, hosted by our Southeast Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center (ROTA-RC).

We proudly announce our collaboration with vFairs, a cutting-edge virtual events platform that redefines the conference experience. This platform enables you to fully engage in a 3D virtual environment, transcending physical boundaries and allowing you to participate conveniently in your own space. Experience interactive engagement as you explore the exhibit hall, curate a custom swag bag of resources and engage in video or text chats with other attendees in the lounge.

Join us alongside more than 500 professionals from diverse disciplines across the Southeast region, including social workers, healthcare professionals, first responders, librarians, educators, researchers, advocates, students, and community leaders.

Over two days, engage in dynamic networking and gain enriching insights from expert speakers specializing in prevention, justice, and treatment, providing a unique platform to establish meaningful connections and facilitate the exchange of knowledge for a collective impact in navigating the intricate landscape of the opioid crisis.

As a participant, you will benefit from a wealth of resources in your custom swag bag and earn eight continuing education units.

The virtual symposium is proudly sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, underscoring ROTA-RC's dedication to advancing solutions and awareness.

Take advantage of this groundbreaking conference experience! The deadline to register is April 4, 2024.

Event Agenda

Agenda

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Exhibit Hall

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Welcome & Overview

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Ellen Piekalkiewicz
Director, Florida State University Stoops Center for Communities, Families, and Children and Southeast Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center Director

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Dismantling Myths: An Expert Panel Unraveling Opioids, Overdose, and Treatment Misconceptions

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Panel Facilitator : Ellen Piekalkiewicz
Director, Florida State University Stoops Center for Communities, Families, and Children and Southeast Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center Director

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Dr. Barbara “Basia” Andraka-Christou
Associate Professor, School of Global Health Management and Informatics, Joint Secondary Appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Central Florida

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Dr. Paul Knoll
Behavioral Health Specialist, HCA Capital Regional Medical Center

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Lisa Sherry
Community Outreach Coordinator, DISC Village

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Break

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Breakout sessions

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Option 1: How to Support Families and Address Traumatic Systems

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Dr. Heather Howard
Associate Professor, Phyllis & Harvey Sandler School of Social Work, Associate Director, Office of the Interprofessional Education and Practice, Affiliate Associate Professor, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

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Option 2: Harm Reduction Goes Mainstream: Lessons from Two Years of Naloxone Distribution at Music Festivals

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William Perry
Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor, This Must Be the Place

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Ingela Travers-Hayward
Emmy Award-Winning Producer, This Must Be the Place

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Break

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Keynote Session: Key Substance Use and Mental Health Measures in HHS Region 4: Results from the 2021-2022 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health

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Samantha Brown
Survey Statistician, Office of Population Surveys, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration

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Breakout sessions

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Option 1: Racial/ethnic disparities in opioid overdose-related mortality: Contributions and variations by sex and rurality in the HHS region 4, 2018-2023

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Dr. Macarena Garcia
Senior Health Scientist, Office of Rural Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Option 2: Trauma Informed De-escalation

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Sean Wyman
Law Enforcement Officer, City of Tallahassee Police Department, CEO of Going Beyond the Call LLC

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Exhibit Hall

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Welcome

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Humberto Carvalho
Public Health Advisor, National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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Breakout Sessions

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Option 1: Empowering Resilience: Building Protective Factors through Practical Strategies and Proven Approaches

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Dr. Machelle Madsen Thompson
Director Resilience & Protective Factor Initiative, Research and Teaching Faculty, Florida State University College of Social Work

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Savannah Collier
Assistant Director, Southeast Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center

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Option 2: Collective Impact through UNSHAME KY

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JodyAnn McIntosh
Director of Community Engagement, National Stigma Initiative, Shatterproof

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Break

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Breakout sessions

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Option 1: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Treating Patients with Opioid Use Disorder in the Primary Care Setting

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Dr. Blake Fagan
Family Physician and Clinical Director of Substance Use Disorder Initiatives at the Mountain Area Health Education Center, and a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Carriedelle Fusco
Nurse Practitioner, Faculty Provider in Family Medicine Residency Program and Co-Director for Office- Based Opioid Treatment Services, Mountain Area Health Education Center

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Zach White
Program Manager for Office-Based Opioid Treatment, Mountain Area Health Education Center Family Medicine

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Option 2: Recent Efforts in Suicide Prevention

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Nicole Dempsey
Suicide Prevention Coordinator, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

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Break

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Keynote Session: A Cinematic Approach to Youth Primary Prevention: An Educational Documentary Created to Educate Adolescents about their Developing Brain and the Impact Substance Use and Stress can have on that Development

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Dr. Kristen Gilliland
Director of Outreach and Advocacy Programs at Vanderbilt University’s Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery

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Reducing the Risks and Harms of Opioids: The Role of Cannabis

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Dr. Adie Rae Wilson-Poe
Assistant Scientist, Legacy Research Institute, Dow Neurobiology, Legacy Health Systems

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Closing Remarks

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Savannah Collier
Assistant Director, Southeast Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center

Frequently Asked Questions


The event is open to everyone, but it will be particularly relevant for those across multidisciplinary settings whose work involves addressing the opioid crisis whether it is through prevention, harm reduction, health care, justice, or treatment; such as, social workers, those involved in healthcare (i.e. nurses/doctors), first responders (i.e. EMS, police officers, firefighters), educators, those involved within higher education, state and county health workers, mental health direct service providers, guardian ad litem, child welfare workers, librarians, and other professionals working directly with children, families, and communities affected by opioid, stimulant, and substance misuse.
During the event, you can network with peers and colleagues in a lounge through text chat or video, learn from our speakers, and visit the exhibit hall to connect with organizations and resources.
The symposium is scheduled for two separate days, April 11th and 12th, 2024, from 9:30 am to 3 pm EST.
Yes, please click REGISTER at the top of the page and complete the registration form to enjoy the event. Upon successful registration, a confirmation email will be sent to your registered email address.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our symposium. You only need internet access.
Yes. You will have a swag bag! Visit the exhibit hall, explore booths, add documents to your online swag bag, and then email them to yourself or share items with friends and family by entering their email.
If you registered, sessions can be replayed on-demand 2-hours after their scheduled time on the day of the event and up to 90 days post-event on the event platform. The chat features will not be active.
If you have trouble accessing the event or need technical assistance on the day of the event, please email ssmith24@fsu.edu using the email you used to register for the virtual symposium.
Yes, we strongly recommend it. You will receive login details and can log in before the symposium begins to ensure you are familiar with navigating the online platform and have full access. If you encounter technical issues, please send an email to ssmith24@fsu.edu.
Yes, a total of 8 continuing education units will be provided. We will provide a survey link during the event that you should complete by filling out your professional license number and information. The CEU survey link will also be emailed to each registrant after the event has ended. If you fill out the form and you are not eligible for CEUs you will be provided a certificate of attendance. Please allow 30 days after the event for the CEUs to process.